For as long as she can remember, Eri Hayward knew that she wasn’t what she seemed to be. Actually, when she was born, she received the name, Eddie. But when she was four or five years old, she realized that she wasn’t a girl. That’s when things kind of started unfolding.
Being accepted can be a long and difficult process
The 25-year-old was born in Utah County and was raised within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints religion. Eri has a long way to go before being accepted for who she really is by the Mormon Church, but now that she has finally accepted herself as a transgender, she is more than ever determined to change their mind about the LGBTQ community.
A hectic but fruitful journey
Transmormon was filmed three days before Eri was scheduled for a sex reassignment surgery (SRS) in Thailand. Through several interviews and testimonies, we learn of Eri struggles with the Mormon Church as well as becoming proud of herself, with the love and support of her family and friends.
In one interview, her father expresses his hope that other parents in the same situation will watch the video:
“I am hoping that the documentary that you’re shooting will be watched by some parents,” Eri’s father says in the interview. “And that may be something that we’ve said will help them, and through helping them, will help their children.”
The 15-minute short documentary, created by OHO Media in partnership with VideoWest, was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. It also won an Artistic Vision Award at the 2014 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival as well as is the winner of the 2014 Utah Short Film of the Year Award.
The surgery was actually a complete success and Eri is now back in Utah with her family. For more information and updates about Eri, you can go on her Facebook page.
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